GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Carsington Water Walk and Cycle

7 miles (12 km)

This route follows the circular cycling and walking trail around Carsington Water in Ashbourne, Derbyshire. The trail starts at the excellent visitor centre where cycle hire is available. It includes long shoreline sections and several woodland sections with great views of the surrounding countryside. The route runs for just over 7 miles on a fairly flat path so it's suitable for most abilities.
The lake is also a great place for birdwatching. Look out for little owl,little grebe,great northern diver,Eurasian oystercatcher,common ternand breedingcommon redshank.
If you enjoy this route then you could head to the nearby Ogston Reservoir where there are more fantastic bird watching opportunities.
The Pennine Bridleway and Midshires Way long distance trails run just to the north of the site. You can pick up these trails to extend your walking around Wirksworth. The town is a good base for walkers with the High Peak Trail and the Black Rocks near Cromford to visit.
Just to the north of the site you will find Middleton Top. There's an excellent visitor centre here and fine views back down to the reservoir from the hill top.

Carsington Water Postcode

DE6 1ST - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

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Carsington Water OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Carsington Water Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Carsington Water Pubs/Cafes

There's lots of good refreshment options at the lake with a cafe, restaurant and ice cream parlour. The Mainsail Restaurant was crowned a Derbyshire Food & Drink Award Winner. There's a great menu and fine views over the water from here.

Carsington Water Dog Walking

Dogs are welcome at the lake and you will probably see plenty of other owners on your outing. Please keep them on leads at all times though.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby


Carsington Visitor Centre - - 1724894

Carsington Visitor Centre

Water tower at Carsington Water - panoramio

Water tower at Carsington Water

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Buttercups Carsington Water

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Carsington Water

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This expansive view of Carsington Water is taken from the footpath near the "King's Chair", looking southwest, on the high ground behind Carsington Village.

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View across the water to the yacht club


GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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